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Determined bootcampers get results AND win big in Transformation Contest!

November 23, 2011

Three dedicated ladies attending Tuff Girl Bootcamps won over $900 worth of prizes today, after the results of the area-wide Transformation Contest were revealed.  The 7-week transformation contest started in mid-September and finished on November 19th, challenging all Southwest Charlotte/Fort Mill residents to make changes and get healthier before the holidays, where the average person will gain 7 to 10 pounds over the holiday season.

All 3 ladies were regular attendees of the bootcamp program, part of the fastest growing fitness franchise in the country, Fitness Revolution.  Workouts are 3 times a week for 30 minutes and are challenging but fun, designed for busy people to maximize fat loss and get results.

First place was awarded to Sherri Adams, who lost almost 6% of her bodyweight in the short 7-week time frame.  Sherri lost 2 1/4 inches off her waist and 3/4 inches off the hips during the contest.  Sherri is known for her work ethic and effort at the bootcamp and will receive 3 FREE months at Tuff Girl Bootcamps as her reward!

Laura Lee won the 2nd place prize, losing 3.4% of her body weight during those 7 weeks.  She also lost an inch off her waist and has lost a total of 40 pounds and several inches since starting the program in February. Laura has been known for her dedication and consistency for over 9 months and will now receive 2 FREE months of Tuff Girl Bootcamps.

Laura summed up her experience so far saying, “Without Julie and Tuff Girl Boot Camps, I would not be where I am today.  I feel great, have more confidence, and for the first time in a long time, I don’t mind trying on clothes…Thank you Julie for helping me understand the importance of this program.  The Boot Camp is not just something I know I need to do for myself; I now realize it is something I want to do for myself. ”

Another  winner in the contest was Jessica Edwards finishing 3rd place.  Jessica was able to drop 9 pounds in 7 weeks and also lost 2 1/2 inches in the waist and 1 1/2 inches in her hips.  Jessica has shown amazing determination and consistency since she started the bootcamp program, continuing to improve her strength each month.

Thanks to all participants in the Fall Transformation Contest.  Tuff Girl Bootcamps is dedicated to motivating and inspiring others to make healthy lifestyle changes.  The next area-wide Transformation Contest will start in January 2012. Stay tuned for details.


“Transform Charlotte” Transformation Contest for FREE bootcamps

January 7, 2011

Charlotte Trainers Show Big Hearts in Unprecedented Give-Away to Transform Lives

Contact – Julie Sawyer, 803-984-0714

January 6th, 2010- Charlotte fitness professionals, Julie Sawyer and Jason Rhymer, have teamed up for an unprecedented Transformation Contest to help people kick-start their New Year’s fitness resolutions.  For the first time ever, Sawyer and Rhymer will hold an essay contest, where 10 carefully selected entrants will win 3 free months of training to help them transform their lives.

Sawyer says, “I feel that this contest will give a few lucky people the ‘break’ that they have needed to achieve what they’ve always wanted but haven’t known how to get there.”  Sawyer explained that the contest will allow her and Jason to carefully screen the entrants and to pick the ones that they believe are ready and willing to take advantage of their services.  “The first step in a program like this is readiness,” says Sawyer, “and many times in January, we have to sort through numbers of people who think they’re ready but have not mentally made that decision to do whatever it takes to make changes, with no excuses.”

Rhymer adds, “This contest gives us a chance to get back to the reason we became fitness professionals, to help change lives.  We look forward to meeting and working with people who never thought there would be an opportunity like this for them to change their lives.”

This unprecedented transformation contest, called “Transform Charlotte,” will require all contestants to write an essay on “Why Bootcamp Would Change My Life.”  The essay can range in length from one paragraph to two pages.  Entries will be received starting January 17th, and the deadline for the entries is January 31st.  Sawyer and Rhymer will then take a week to review the entries and will reward 10 lucky people $6000 worth of coaching and fitness programming at no cost.  Winners will be announced and contacted during the week of February 7th. “We’ve decided to make 2011 the best year ever by starting it off with the biggest fitness give-away we’ve ever done.  We hope that this will spark the interest of hundreds of Charlotteans to make positive changes for the New Year.”

The “Transform Charlotte” contest is free and open to all Charlotteans, men and women over 21 years old.  The topic of the essay is “Why Bootcamp Would Change My Life.”  To submit your entry, email your essay to Julie at   For more information on other essay requirements, go to and  Check these websites for details and conditions that apply.  Sawyer’s and Rhymer’s bootcamps are run at select locations across Charlotte, including Steele Creek, Ayrsley, Matthews, Indian Trail, and South Charlotte.



The Two Things that Will Transform Your Body

July 21, 2010

Hello everyone, just want you to know that the 6 AM workout will continue for the next couple of weeks!  Please let me know if you plan on normally coming to this workout.

Also, there was soooo much to go over on Sunday that there were many important topics that we did NOT get to talk about!

For all of you who are wanting to see big changes in 8 weeks, you’ve got 2 things to think about each day.

1)      Your nutrition-What can you change this week to help your body change in a positive way?  The best way to do that is to make a substitution.  For example, if you’re eating macaroni and cheese every Monday night, what can you use as a healthier substitute?  Maybe something like brown rice or sweet potatoes?

It’s making those substitutions and sticking with them over time that will make a huge difference in how your body is shaped.

2)       Your exercise program– What are you doing each day to a) build muscle, which boosts your metabolism (strength training, such as a bootcamp workout) and/or  b) work your heart (your cardio), which also burns calories and cuts down on your appetite.

These are the 2 areas that you need to focus on for the next 8 weeks.  You also need to DO IT and not “just try.” If the words “try” come out of your mouth, you will NOT get it done.  You need to make up your mind to succeed and find a way, no excuses.  If you’re having trouble with finding a solution to something, then email me.  Adopt an “I’m going to succeed belief.” That’s where it all starts.

Here’s an interview from one of the world’s best fatloss experts, Craig Ballantyne, on “The 3 Reaons Why People Fail.”  Read it!


I know we have many people who are doing the FREE 2-week trial to our bootcamps, but let me know if you need help with your exercise program and are not able to attend the bootcamps.  I want everyone to have a good first week!

More emails to come.  We have to talk about setting the right types of goals!  So that’s coming in another email.


Transformation Contest Update! New deadline plus details

July 21, 2010

Transformation Contest Rules

What is it: The Transformation Contest is an 8 week contest to help people change their bodies, lose fat, and build muscle in a short time period.

The goal is to help motivate men and women to start an exercise and nutrition program so that they can experience rapid results.

Those in the contest will take “before photos” and write a “before” essay to summarize what changes they want to see and how they feel about themselves and their life right now.  Then at the end of the   Transformation period they’ll take an “after” photo and write an “after” essay summarizing their results and how they feel at the end of the contest.

Where: Official Contest sites are The Palisades Sports Complex (13417 Grand Palisades Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28278) and CrossFit Steele Creek (2102 Cambridge Beltway Dr., Suite D1, Charlotte, NC 28273)

When: The contest starts between July 19th and July 26th.  You must pick your start date and take your before picture and write your essay during this first week.  Then you need to submit that to me by email or in person.

The end date is 8 weeks after your start date.  You must then take your “after” picture and come in for your official weigh-in that week and turn in your “after” essay.

For those who start the week of July 19th, your last day of the contest is Sunday, September 12th and your deadline to submit everything will be on Sunday, September 19th.

For those starting on July 26th, your end date is on September 19th and your deadline to submit your results is Sunday, September 26th.

To enter: Provide before and after photos and essays…newspaper in the photo or date on the camera

Prizes: Overall winner: 2 FREE months to Tuff Girl Bootcamps ($350 value) OR 1 FREE month to CrossFit Steele Creek ($125 value)

Runner-up: 1 FREE month to Tuff Girl Bootcamps ($175 value) OR 1 FREE massage at CrossFit Steele Creek

1-Month Prize Winner: 2 personal training or coaching sessions with Julie ($120 value)

To be eligible for prizes, you must do your official weigh-in at The Palisades Country Club (with Julie) or at CrossFit Steele Creek (with Brian or staff) at the beginning and end of the contest.

If you want to qualify for the 1-month prize, you must weigh in after the first 4 weeks at either The Palisades Sports Complex with Julie or at CrossFit Steele Creek with Brian or a staff member.

To register: We need your name, email, and phone number and would like your consent to call and/or email you to check in on you or send you helpful information.

You must agree to the terms and conditions.

Anyone can enter over the age of 18.

Cost: There is no cost to enter the Transformation Contest but you must register to be able to compete for the free prizes or other give-aways.

Bootcamp or Master Your Metabolism classes are encouraged but are optional.

Tuff Girl Bootcamp Info

Tuff Girl Bootcamp classes are 30 minute express workouts designed to firm up your stomach, hips, and thighs.  Our class format is basically small group training where you get lots of guidance and personal attention.  Our groups are small and friendly.

Difficulty level: These workouts can be done by beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts alike.  There are normally 5 exercises for the day that we do 4 times each.  For each exercise, there is a beginner, intermediate, and advanced version, which the instructor will demonstrate before the workout.

There are also modifications for those who have an injuries or joint issues.

The workout is short, challenging, but do-able for anyone.  The key is for each person to do their best, and they’ll see improvement from week to week.

The workouts are fun because of the friendly group atmosphere and energizing music (that won’t offend anyone), plus we’ve never done the same workout twice in the 8 months that we’ve been running classes!  We use bodyweight exercises, which are a great way to get tones, plus we use dumbbells, bands, and kettlebells to mix things up.

Premium Package: $250 per month for 5 classes per week, 20-25 classes per month.  (minimum number must be signed up for T/Th class to take)

Includes 3 high quality, high-intensity strength training classes per week plus 2 high-intensity interval (cardio) classes per week.

Classes are at 8:30 AM Monday through Friday at The Palisades Sports Complex, 30 minutes each.

Standard package (Palisades): $175/month for 3 classes per week (for non-members) for our 8:30 AM (M, W, F) class at The Palisades Sports Complex.

$150/month for members.

Standard package (Carolina Dance): For our 6:30 PM class (M, W, F), $150/month for 3 classes per week at Carolina Dance Academy.

For those interested in the Premium package for evenings, see Julie for details.

If there is enough interest, we will offer a 5:45 AM class at The Palisades on M, W, F and/or a 5:30 PM M, W, F class at The Palisades.  However, the 5:30 PM class would need to be done outdoors or possibly conducted at Carolina Dance Academy.

Master Your Metabolism Course: See handout for more info on what our “Maximize Your Metabolism” course can do for you.

The course is a series of lessons done over 6 weeks designed to help you create an action plan for changing and improving your eating habits and creating a fit lifestyle.

Those interested can ask Julie for details, and we’ll set up a time to conduct the course.  Price depends on number of participants.  The course will be done over a period of 6 weeks.

Special Offer: For today only for those enrolling in the Transformation Contest, the first 5 people to register for bootcamp will receive 8 weeks of bootcamp classes, normally a $350 value, for a 1-time payment of $275.

Transformation Contest at The Palisades

Registration/Terms and conditions

The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest should an external circumstances arise which are beyond the reasonable control of the Contest Sponsor. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

The Contest Sponsor collects your personal information for the purposes of registration, program evaluation and to keep you informed about The Challenge. The Contest Sponsor may, if consent was given during registration, also contact you from time to time with information about other ways you can lose weight.  Participants must be willing to have their before/after photo posted online IF they win the contest or if their results are significant and prize-worthy.

The Contest Sponsor will not share any personal data about entrants with any
other party. The personal data collected for this Contest will not be used for any other purposes unless entrants provide explicit permission as indicated on the entry form.

By entering this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor and their respective employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors, assigns, advertising and promotional agencies from any liability for any loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person in connection with this Contest or participation in any Contest related activities, including but not limited the taking of a urine test or, if declared a winner, the use or misuse of a prize or any portion of a prize including personal injury, death or property damage.

This Contest will run in accordance with these Contest Rules, subject to amendment by the Contest Sponsor. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, amend, modify or terminate this Contest or the Rules at any time in its sole discretion and without notice.

Entrants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest.

Name: ______________________________________________________

Phone: (H) _______________________________  (M) _______________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________

Consent: By reading this form and entering the Transformation Contest, I agree to the terms and conditions listed above.

Sign here: ______________________________________________________

Weekly Summary

July 11, 2010

Good job ladies for coming out and working hard this week!  Each workout was tough, and it’s great to see everyone getting physically and mentally stronger each time they come out.  You are making changes that will affect the rest of your life!

Campers of the week this week are Julie Champion, Mary Eberle, Kate Lemond, and Raveena Boler for making all 3 workouts this week!

Also, thanks everyone for coming out on Friday morning and working hard.  The editor of the Lake Wylie Pilot was there to take pictures, and she took a lot of them.  Everyone gave a great effort, and you ALL looked gorgeous; so I’m sure she got some great shots. 🙂 Can’t wait to see them!  She also did interviews with a couple of our ladies, so it will be interesting to see how she puts it all together for the article on our Transformation Contest.

By the way, if you thought you missed our meeting and our grocery store tour last week, it didn’t happen.  We’re starting the Transformation Contest in one more week, and we’ll have the grocery store tour next Sunday after the meeting.  I’ll post more on the contest in the next blog.

Let’s get ready for a great week!

Weekly Shout-outs

July 4, 2010

Hey ladies!  We had a little slower week this past week with the holiday coming up, but I thought I’d give a couple of highlights for the week.  By the way, you need to know that you are sorely missed when you can’t make it to camp.

Here’s a BIG “Good Job” shout-out to Deb Segura, Elizabeth Roop, and Julie Champion for making all 3 sessions this week.

Also, it’s amazing from my point-of-view to see the progress that you are all making in your physical strength and even in your mental toughness.  So, I have another “You Were Amazing” shout-out to the following ladies:

Deb Segura-She made the whole 30-second interval all 4 times with 1 leg in the air on a full side plank!

Elizabeth Roop– She also made the whole 30-second interval all 4 times with 1 leg in the air on a full side plank!

Kate Lemond– Completed her first full pushups with her feet up on a chair!

Julie Champion– Also has progressed to doing full pushups on a regular basis and completed many pushups with her feet on the chair this week!

Keep it up ladies!  You are all doing great and are on your way to seeing BIG changes.  I want to meet with each of you before the month is over, so grab me when you can and set up your meeting with me this week!


No Motivation to Exercise? Try a Transformation Contest

July 4, 2010

No Motivation to Exercise?  Try a Transformation Contest

Summer is here, but it can be a cruel reminder that we’re not in optimal shape for summer fashion.  Most women shudder at the thought of wearing a bikini, and many are too self-conscious to even wear tank tops or sun dresses that reveal their shoulders.

Many seek physical change but lack the motivation to put their thoughts into action.  A transformation contest is a great way to set concrete goals and take action to achieve results.  Transformation contests have a defined beginning and end and can help the unmotivated by holding each contestant accountable in their weekly exercise and nutrition pursuits.

A free Transformation Contest will be offered at The Palisades Country Club starting Monday, July 19th for all Charlotte residents.  The contest will run for 8 weeks and will be run by Julie Sawyer, Owner of Tuff Girl Bootcamps.  Sawyer will hold the first free meeting and consultations on Sunday, July 18th at 3 PM at The Palisades Sports Complex to explain the rules of the contest and take initial measurements.  To enroll, email Julie at  For a free workout to help with your transformation, go to

Interval Workout

April 23, 2010

So, yesterday after our 9:30 AM workout I had decided that I was going to go ahead and get my cardio in for the day.  Have you ever noticed that if you don’t schedule exercise in that it doesn’t get done? I KNEW that this was my time to exercise, so I stuck with it.  I did an interval workout, and here’s what I did.  It was raining, so I got on the treadmill.

I warmed up a little (even though I had just gotten done working out, I didn’t feel that my body was used to the walking/running motion yet.)  This is exactly what I did.  Keep in mind that the numbers on the treadmill don’t matter.  It’s more your relative effort level that matters, so I’ll describe my numbers as well as how “hard” it felt to me.

Treadmill Interval Workout


1 minute at 2.0 mph, 2.0 incline (better for the knees and burns more calories)

(relatively easy speed for me, like a 2 or 3 out of 10, with 10 being the hardest)

1 minute at 2.5, incline stayed at 2.0 for the rest of the workout (easy)

1 minute total of 3.0 and 3.5, about 30 seconds of each. (still walking, still easy, starting to get warmed up)

(3 or 4 out of 10 effort level)

1 minute jogging at 4.0 and 4.5 total (about 30 seconds each). (Getting used to running, not hard yet)

(That felt like a 5 or 6 out of 10 because my joints were still getting used to running)

1 minute at 5.0 and 5.5 (still about 30 seconds each)

(This speed still felt like a 5 out of 10 for me.)


Now I’m feeling warmed up, starting to break a little sweat.  Now to start the intervals!

Interval Workout:

1)      1 minute running at 6.5 mph. (This felt like a 7 out of 10 for me.  I felt that I could last for the minute without getting totally out of breath.)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

2)      1 minute running at 7.0 mph.  (7 out of 10)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

3)      1 minute running at 7.5 mph.  (8 out of 10)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

4)      1 minute running at 8.0 mph.  (8 out of 10 effort level. Now it’s getting tough to finish out the minute.)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

5)      1 minute running at 8.5 mph.  (8 + out of 10 effort level, starting to get out of breath, sweating like crazy!)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

6)      1 minute running at 9.0/10.0 mph, 30 seconds of each.  (9 out of 10 effort level, that felt like a sprint)

1 minute walking at 3.0 mph.  (2 out of 10 on the effort scale)

7)      Jogged 2 minutes at 5.0, felt like a 6 out of 10.  Just slowly cooling down but still working.

1 minute walking at 3.0 to cool off.  Done!

5 minutes stretching out all of my leg muscles that I used. (hamstrings, quads, hips, and calves)

OK, that’s only 6 intervals for a total of about 25 minutes or so of cardio.  Sorry for going into so much detail, but I thought it may answer some of your questions.  Please let me know if you  have any questions on intervals!  They’re a GREAT way to burn a lot of calories, and they’re the best way to burn fat!

See all you bootcampers tomorrow!

For more info on our bootcamps, go to